OPINION: CLOSING THE DEAL

OPINION: CLOSING THE DEAL

Tim discovers a crucial deal cannot go ahead because a meeting was held 48 hours after it was supposed to occur. Without a properly signed and dated set of minutes, his client Sally stands to lose millions. Knowing this, Sally asks Tim to sign and date a set of minutes that purport to record the meeting as having been held before the deadline...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... DAN CREEVEY

FIVE MINUTES WITH... DAN CREEVEY

DAN Creevey is the principal of Creevey Russell Lawyers, a Brisbane and Toowoomba full-service firm that operates with a fixed price promise.  Creevey was admitted in 1982 and currently practices in the key areas of litigation, crime and dispute resolution. Notable cases have included a range of murder trials, native title claims, co...

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DLA PIPER HELPS FINALISE SECOND LOT OF SCHOOLS IN NZ

DLA PIPER HELPS FINALISE SECOND LOT OF SCHOOLS IN NZ

THE Brisbane office of DLA Piper has bolstered its Trans-Tasman reach, after advising Hawkins Group Limited in New Zealand. The construction firm has secured the contract to complete the New Zealand Schools II Public Private Partnership, in conjunction with other providers. As part of the Future Schools Partners (FSP) consortium, Morr...

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CHIEF JUSTICE TIM CAROMDY SET TO STAND DOWN

CHIEF JUSTICE TIM CAROMDY SET TO STAND DOWN

QUEENSLAND'S Chief Justice Tim Carmody is set to resign following ongoing tensions with senior members of the judiciary. In a statement released this morning, Carmody says he is willing to leave the office of Chief Justice if it is in the overall best interests of Queenslander and "if the net gain of leaving exceeds that of stayi...

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LAWYER OF BALI NINE DUO TO FIGHT DEATH SENTENCE OF BOSTON BOMBER

LAWYER OF BALI NINE DUO TO FIGHT DEATH SENTENCE OF BOSTON BOMBER

THE lawyer of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran says Australians should vocally oppose the death sentence brought down against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in killing four people and the wounding of hundreds of others in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Lawyer Veronica Haccou, who vowed to Chan and Sukumaran just hours before their exec...

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LEGAL BODY CONVERGES TO CONDEMN BALI NINE EXECUTIONS

LEGAL BODY CONVERGES TO CONDEMN BALI NINE EXECUTIONS

THE reason for a new lawyers' network that has been established in response to the Bali Nine executions this week is two-fold the punishment will not deter the crime and Australians need better education on cross-cultural matters.

Asia Pacific Lawyers Network (APLN) believes Indonesia's "renewed vigorous use of the death pen...

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FROM A LONE LAWYER TO A TEAM OF 100

FROM A LONE LAWYER TO A TEAM OF 100

MULLINS Lawyers has celebrated 35 years in business, attributing the success and longevity of the firm to "being respected, respectful and respectable". The firm was established by the late Patrick Mullins OAM in 1980, with his sons John Mullins and Patrick Mullins Jnr becoming partners in 1981. The firm has grown and divers...

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RISING NASDAQ STAR SEEKS DLA PIPER BRISBANE GUIDANCE

RISING NASDAQ STAR SEEKS DLA PIPER BRISBANE GUIDANCE

DLA Piper Brisbane lawyers have helped advise New York-headquartered On Deck Capital, Inc. on its first project outside the US, a joint venture with MYOB and a group of local investors.

On Deck Capital Australia Pty Ltd. has emerged from a partnership with MYOB and prominent Australian technology investors including Andrew Bassat and Jason Le...

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5 MINUTES WITH... GLENN FERGUSON

5 MINUTES WITH... GLENN FERGUSON

GLENN Ferguson is the Managing Director of Ferguson Cannon Lawyers and a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. As an experienced lawyer, he has acted in complex disputes and transactions for a range of clients both nationally and internationally and is also an Accredited Specialist and Registered Mi...

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STOP TWEETING, START MOOTING

STOP TWEETING, START MOOTING

DELIVER more than 140 characters or less Tweets and filtered images on Mootis, a new social media and microblogging platform created for lawyers.

Launched in the UK by barrister and Queen's Counsel, Bill Braithwaite QC in January 2015, Mootis has since garnered more than 10,000 active users and is now gearing up for an official Australian...

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BOND LAW BUDDIES UP WITH SWITZERLAND

BOND LAW BUDDIES UP WITH SWITZERLAND

BOND University's Faculty of Law will partner with the Swiss International Law School (SiLS), enabling Masters of Laws students to undertake a dual degree between the two universities and receive qualifications from both institutions.

The Swiss International Law School is an online university that offers a global Master of Laws (LLM) prog...

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TUCKER & COWEN PARTNERS SCOOP AWARDS POOL

TUCKER & COWEN PARTNERS SCOOP AWARDS POOL

TUCKER & Cowen has blitzed the latest Doyle's Guide rankings, with three partners being singled out.

Richard Cowen, David Tucker (pictured left) and David Schwarz have bolstered the Adelaide Street firm's Tier 1 ranking for Insolvency. Founding partner Tucker says the appraisal reaffirms his team is on the right track, an...

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SWAPPING THE TOOL BELT FOR A SUIT AND TIE

SWAPPING THE TOOL BELT FOR A SUIT AND TIE

FROM the work site to the court room, Paul Hick (pictured) is proving that real industry experience really pays off in construction law. At just 14, Hick started his career as an apprentice carpenter then progressed into various industry roles including subcontractor, estimator, project manager and drafter, and after 22 years in the indus...

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PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

LET your feet do the pleading on May 12 at the Queensland Legal Walk.

The 5km walk is being held in Brisbane and regional centres including the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, Toowoomba and Cairns.

The event aims to raise $100,000 to support pro bono legal services of private firms and community legal centres for disadvantaged members ...

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UQ MOOTING TEAM WINS BIG IN BEIJING

UQ MOOTING TEAM WINS BIG IN BEIJING

THE University of Queensland mooting team has taken out another international title, winning the 6th International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held in Beijing. UQ law students Georgina Morgan, Amina Karcic and Ella Rooney (picutred) represented Australia in the competition, which ran from 9-12 April. Director of Mooting Associate ...

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BRISBANE FIRM AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE IN ITS FIRST YEAR

BRISBANE FIRM AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE IN ITS FIRST YEAR

BRISBANE-based boutique corporate law firm Talbot Sayer has outranked Australia and New Zealand's top-tier firms by placing first in the Thomson Reuters league tables for deals up to $50 million in the first quarter of 2015, just 12 months after opening its doors. The firm also placed equal first with Allens Linklaters and Herbert Smi...

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DENNING INSURANCE LAW OPENS IN BRISBANE

DENNING INSURANCE LAW OPENS IN BRISBANE

KATE Denning has opened Denning Insurance Law in Brisbane CBD, a boutique firm that intends to simplify the infrastructure of larger firms. 

The firm offers legal services for corporate clients and insurers in the areas of public liability, workers' compensation, and compulsory third party, marine and commercial claims.

Denning In...

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BRISBANE CLIENTS INCREASINGLY FAVOUR MEDIATION FOR FAMILY LAW

BRISBANE CLIENTS INCREASINGLY FAVOUR MEDIATION FOR FAMILY LAW

THE popularity of mediation and out-of-court settlements for family law cases has surged over the last five years, according to a director at family law specialists Hartley Healy. Brett Hartley (pictured) says funding cuts to the family and federal circuit courts are pushing up processing times and encouraging Brisbane clients to avoid th...

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CONVERTING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES

CONVERTING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES

BAKER and McKenzie acts for more than three quarters of the Fortune 500 companies and turns over more than $3.2 billion a year, yet it sees its move into the Brisbane market as integral to its global strategy.

The US-based law firm opened the doors to a new office in Brisbane at the end of last year, and since then has been working to es...

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CDI LAWYERS BUILDS ITS PORTFOLIO

CDI LAWYERS BUILDS ITS PORTFOLIO

CDI LAWYERS opened its doors in January 2015 and has already built its specialist construction, development and infrastructure law firm from a team of 12 to 22.

Led by former national head of construction at Holding Redlich Stephen Pyman (pictured below), CDI Lawyers most recently celebrated being retained on a number of new projects by ...

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DANCING AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DANCING AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

BRISBANE CEOs have danced their feet off in aid of Women's Legal Service at the Glitter Ball Gala Dinner.

On Friday 27 March, the Brisbane City Hall ballroom was taken back to a carefree era of flares, glitter and platform shoes, although for a serious cause.

Six CEOs swapped the boardroom table for the dancefloor to support the...

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FIVE MINUTES WITH.. FAMILY LAWYER BRETT HARTLEY

FIVE MINUTES WITH.. FAMILY LAWYER BRETT HARTLEY

IT is Brett Hartley's passion for helping people achieve fair outcomes and giving them the opportunity to move on with their life that has seen him spend 26 years in family law.

His firm, Hartley Healy (previously Hartley Family Law Specialists) was one of the first Brisbane law firms to exclusively practice in family law and has exp...

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SLATER & GORDON EYES BILLION-DOLLAR DEAL

SLATER & GORDON EYES BILLION-DOLLAR DEAL

SLATER & Gordon is looking to acquire Quindell's Professional Services Division (PSD) in the UK, following its announcement of an A$890 million accelerated renounceable entitlement offer.

The firm has entered a trading halt on the ASX in the lead-up to announcing the billion-dollar acquisition.

The agreement is in line with Slater ...

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GOVERNMENT 'FAILING VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT'

GOVERNMENT 'FAILING VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT'

THE Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) says it is "extremely disappointed" by the Federal Government's rejection of a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sexual assault. 

This follows a "troubling" submission by the government to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to ...

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SA PENALTY RATES WONT REFLECT IN QLD PAY LEVELS

SA PENALTY RATES WONT REFLECT IN QLD PAY LEVELS

THE landmark deal in South Australia to slash weekend penalty rates for retail workers has business owners in sister states asking why it is not occurring in their area.

Employment law expert Brett Wilson says it is inevitable that business and unions throughout Australia will closely examine the SA deal and there will be pressure to imp...

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CALLS TO BETTER PROTECT CLIENT-LAWYER CONFIDENTIALITY

CALLS TO BETTER PROTECT CLIENT-LAWYER CONFIDENTIALITY

THE Law Council of Australia is calling on the federal government to further amend the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to require law enforcement and intelligence agencies to obtain a warrant to access client-lawyer communications.

This follows the Government's intention to amend the act around journalist's ...

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QLD IN DARK AGES WHEN IT COMES TO REGULATING SPORT

QLD IN DARK AGES WHEN IT COMES TO REGULATING SPORT

RENEWED calls for the regulation of combat sport have been voiced following the death of professional Queensland boxer Braydon Smith.

Brisbane-based sports lawyer Tim Fuller of McInnes Wilson Lawyers says Queensland is behind the times and needs to follow in the steps of its sister states that regulate professional boxing and ultimately ...

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DLA PIPER HEADS UP TRANSPORT DEAL

DLA PIPER HEADS UP TRANSPORT DEAL

DLA Piper has advised on the acquisition of a significant Australian transport company which operates in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Corporate M&A partner David Ryan, Brisbane-based transport partner Alex Guy (pictured) and M&A senior associate Horace Wu have advised Keolis Downer on its agree...

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STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

A BRISBANE sports lawyer says controversies such as the Titans cocaine drug scandal leaves all involved between a rock and a hard place.  Tim Fuller (pictured below), who formerly played professionally in the NRL for South Sydney and the Gold Coast, says from a legal perspective the situation has created a set of circumstances that a...

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OVERCOMING A 'POISONOUS CULTURE' WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

OVERCOMING A 'POISONOUS CULTURE' WITHIN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

JUSTICE Margaret McMurdo says while we have reason to celebrate, there is still reason to commiserate when it comes to gender equality and female representation in the legal profession.

Speaking at a Women in Law event at Bond University, the Queensland Court of Appeal President presented the legal profession with a novel idea - obey the...

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